Former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has offered to help persuade Vincent Enyeama to make a return to the Nigerian national team, ahead of the country’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon next month.
The Super Eagles are still in search of Enyeama’s full-time replacement following the Lille goal-minders international retirement in 2015 – with Daniel Akpeyi having manned the goals last time out.
Akpeyi was unconvincing in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) defeat to Bafana Bafana, with the burly shot-stopper unlikely to continue in goal.
Head coach Gernot Rohr is reportedly set his sights on goalkeepers plying their trade in Nigeria, with Carl Ikeme out of contention after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last week.
With no end in sight to the goalkeeping conundrum, former Arsenal forward Kanu has called on Enyeama to come out of retirement.
“As it is now we need Vincent badly. In my opinion, Enyeama should come back immediately,” Kanu told KweséESPN. “Whoever is close enough to reach him should tell him to start coming back.
“Enyeama is very very good. He is one of the best players in Africa, and one of the best in the world. Let the federation look into it and do everything they can to bring him back.”
The former Enyimba shot-stopper quit international football following a fallout with former coach Sunday Oliseh, but Kanu is desperate to see the 34-year-old make a return.
“If Enyeama says he doesn’t want to come, people like us can talk to him, the federation too can talk to him. If a lot of people talk to him, I’m sure that definitely he will change his mind,” Kanu concluded.